Issue 502 | 7 October 2019

In our latest issue, Petra de Sutter, the chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee, tells us what drives her passion for Green policymaking and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

She also shares with us her plans to further integrate the single market and what the future may hold for Ireland and the single market post-Brexit.

Emily O’Reilly, standing for a second term in office as European Ombudsman, tells us why she believes the EU administration can be a role model for the whole of the EU.

British MEP Seb Dance shares the fascinating story of his grandmother, who typed the words that divided Poland, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and helped ensure the Allies knew of its existence.

Italian MEP Paolo de Castro explains why ensuring food security can no longer be seen as a distant problem of faraway places; it is a global issue requiring a global response.

Rajnish Singh looks at Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, while Jonathan Benton talks to senior Austrian MEPs about last week’s election result.

We also have a special preview of European SME Week, the pan-European campaign that aims to promote entrepreneurship across Europe. Analysing the issues set to dominate November’s Assembly in Finland are Timo Pesonen, head of the European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), Austrian MEP Othmar Karas, the former chair of Parliament’s SME intergroup and María Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, President of SME United.

Finally, we look at World Mental Health Day (10 October), featuring Tomas Zdechovsky vice-chair of EMPL Committee and the MEP Alliance for Mental Health.